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Ex-Mexican Gov. Mario Villanueva Madrid tied to infamous drug trafficker released from U.S. prison

December 24, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ex-Mexican Gov. Mario Villanueva Madrid tied to infamous drug trafficker released from U.S. prison

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After spending nearly 16 years in prison in both Mexico and the United States, the former governor of Quintana Roo, Mario Villanueva Madrid, was released from custody on Friday for good behavior.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons transferred custody of Mario Villanueva Madrid over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) agents for repatriation back to Mexico where he must serve another 22 years, seven months, and 11 days in prison, Proceso reported.

Villanueva, also known as “El Chueco” or the “crooked one,” served as governor of Quintana Roo from 1993 to 1999.

However, at the end of his term, prosecutors presented evidence linking him to Juarez Cartel boss Amado Carrillo Fuentes, also known as “Lord of the Skies,” the world’s biggest drug trafficker at the time.

Mexican authorities accused Villanueva of money laundering and other offenses related to drug trafficking, and he remained a fugitive for two years until his capture in 2001 in the resort city of Cancun.

During his time on the run, further evidence surfaced in the media implicating him in an international drug trafficking operation, which saw cocaine smuggled from Colombia to the United States.

In 2008, the Mexican government sentenced Villanueva to 36 years in prison, before his subsequent extradition to the United States in 2010, where he faced a cocaine trafficking conspiracy and money laundering indictment.

In 2013, he was handed an 11-year sentence after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering. However, a U.S. Federal District Court judge credited the former governor with six years of time served in a Mexican prison.

His son, Carlos Mario Villanueva Tenorio, said Villanueva Madrid’s repatriation to Mexico would take between one and three weeks, although he has not received any official notification.

He also revealed that his father would request house arrest upon arriving back on Mexican soil due to his poor health, which caused him to him serve his sentence in a hospital facility in Lexington, Kentucky.

His son claims that no Mexican prison has the proper medical facilities to care for his ailing father who suffers from a respiratory condition and arthritis, which requires specialized care.

Mexican law provides the provision of house arrest for offenders over the age of 70 or for those suffering from serious illness.

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